On July 1, new legislation took effect in Florida that adds several requirements to the Florida Condominium Act and Florida Statutes Chapter 718. The 21 reforms affect how condo associations deal with violations such as electoral fraud, theft of funds, and conflicts of interests. FRONTSTEPS makes it easy for your community comply with the new rules. Here's how.
The bill was born from a series of scandals that plagued Florida, a state that boasts some 1.6 million condos. The accusations ranged from outright voter fraud to financial mismanagement and other irregularities. Fed up homeowners went to police who say the allegations should be handled in civil court. Prosecutors said the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) should deal with the issues but DBPR deflected responsibility and said the violations aren't under their jurisdiction. Finally, the 5th estate took up the matter.
El Nuevo Herald and Univision 23 published a series called, Condo Nightmares, Which was followed by a Miami-Dade State Attorney's report that corroborated the investigation. A year later, the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jos̩ F̩lix Diaz and Senators Jos̩ Javier Rodriguez and Ren̩ Garc was unanimously approved by the state House and Senate.
It's no joke, either. Violations may result in prison terms. Here are some of the changes and how FRONTSTEPS software addresses them:
And while most condo association leaders and volunteers are above board and scrupulous, stories like the ones out of Florida remind us that technology, like FRONTSTEPS software, can improve relationships such that investigations and nasty correspondence are a thing of the past. It's community reimagined.
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